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December Festival

We're doing something different this December!

Join us for a month of misrule, revelry and imagination. Expect a set of unique, mischievous, playful events to brighten your December. We’re hosting a creative writing workshop on poetry and taxidermy, a writing retreat to greet the dawn on a cosy, wintery morning, and a solstice event on midwinter’s day with music and song.

All events will take place virtually, via Zoom. See you there!

Goodnight & Shine

Tuesday 1 December, 8.15-9pm & Wednesday 2 December, 7.15-9am

A workshop of two halves! Bring your cup of cocoa for a relaxing evening gathering, then set your alarm to join the group again for a morning workshop. A unique event aiming to capture the edges of dreams and uncover hidden ideas for our writing.
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Tuesday 8 December, 7.15-9am

Poet Shazea Quraishi will lead a fascinating and playful workshop on poetry, creativity and the world of taxidermy. This special guest tutor session will include a poetry reading from Shazea’s mesmerising new pamphlet ‘The Taxidermist.’
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Wintertime retreat

Thursday 10 December, 6.45-9.30am

Bring your work in progress and write as the light lifts – in the company of a friendly group of writers. Join us for this extra-long writing retreat that will begin in darkness, gather energy from the sunrise and conclude with the brightness of morning.
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Thursday 17 December, 7.15-9am

A writing workshop about making mischief. We’ll consider fairy tales, wordplay and bold behaviour. This session includes a wintertime creative package to accompany the workshop and sent to participants (UK only). Book by Tuesday 1 December to ensure you receive yours in time!
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Monday 21 December, 9.15-10.15am

A special event on the shortest day of the year. Gemma Seltzer will interview songwriter and experimental cellist Francesca Ter-Berg about seasonal rituals, big skies, and how she finds inspiration during the cool, dark days of winter. Francesca will also perform live. Join us to mark the winter solstice with a morning of creativity and music!
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